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Police Arrest 18 Protesters At Kansas Secretary Kobach’s Office

Police arrested 18 people protesting policies pushed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach after the demonstrators occupied part of his office. Police led them past other protesters to a bus waiting outside the Kobach’s office.

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Some Kansas lawmakers have expressed discomfort with the Commerce Department's operations and authority to reward companies without proving the value of taxpayer investments.

The department crafted an economic incentives package in 2016 to keep a food products supplier's headquarters in Wichita. Cargill is receiving funding from the package to retain and grow jobs while starting and ending with the same employee total.

Josh Svaty picked a political no-name to team with in his run for governor.

But the pick is someone who checks off boxes that Svaty can’t with voters in the Democratic primary and, if things play out right for him, in the general election.

The State Objections Board said with a 2-1 vote Tuesday that New Yorker Andy Maskin can’t run for the state’s highest office because he doesn’t live in Kansas.

Maskin paid a fee and filed to run for governor earlier this month. A Kansas Republican Party official challenged his candidacy on the basis of his New York City address.

Several other out-of-state candidates have created campaign committees, but haven’t yet officially filed.

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Gov. Jeff Colyer signed the Kansas budget into law Tuesday, but in the process he knocked out a provision aimed at curbing his administration’s revamp of the state’s privatized Medicaid program, KanCare.

Colyer and his predecessor, former-Gov. Sam Brownback, have been working to overhaul KanCare and get federal permission to extend the program for several more years.

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Wichita City Council members on Tuesday approved a firm to design the water playgrounds that will replace several of the city’s pools.

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says President Donald Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

Joining six other Republican governors, Colyer signed a letter this week that said the president should get the honor for “his transformative efforts to bring peace to the Korean peninsula.”

The letter, dated Monday, was sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The same panel gave Barack Obama the peace prize just nine months into his presidency in 2009 for what it saw as his contribution to international diplomacy.

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This winter we reported that Kansas is one of just four states with the strictest cannabis laws in the country.

But the 2018 legislative session that ended earlier this month shook the state’s legal landscape. So what has changed and what hasn’t?

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A third candidate has entered the race for the District 4 seat on the Sedgwick County Commission.

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Perhaps conserving energy is important to you. You’ve switched out all of your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. You keep your thermostat set at 78 in the summer. You might even get mad at your kids when they leave a light on.

Your neighbor, on the other hand, isn’t quite as concerned. He keeps the thermostat set consistently at 68 and he hasn’t replaced any of his light bulbs because, in his words, who wants to pay $10 for a new one?

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A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of three men who plotted to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees in Garden City.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Monday reset the sentencing date to Sept. 6 for Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen. The case had been scheduled for sentencing next month, but some defense attorneys asked for more time in part to prepare for it.

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Justin Cary

Cooking With Fire: Cold Smoking

This piece originally aired on February 10, 2017. When most of us think of smoked foods we think of traditional barbecue pits with roaring fires creating smoke and heat to slowly cook things like pork shoulder or brisket.

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KMUW Music

Monday 5.21.18

Night Train marks the birthday of Fats Waller with some music from the great stride pianist and singer in hour one, and a special about his life and music in hour two. We’ll also mark birthdays of guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Joe Byrd, bandleader and arranger Bill Holman, and drummer Larance Marable. And as we continue our Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, a surprising Latin jazz album from Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone and the No Name Horses big band.

Tuesday 5.22.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of bandleader, pianist, composer and provocateur, Sun Ra, including music from several of his albums in hour one and a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of trombonist Nick Finzer and Night Train will highlight music from his new album, No Arrival.  We’ll also dip into Yusef Lateef’s pioneering Eastern Sounds album for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature.

Wednesday 5.23.18

Music from Ken Peplowski (from a new big band album), Richie Beirach, Randy Sandke, and Artie Shaw for their birthdays – including an Artie Shaw special with biographer Tom Nolan in hour two of the show.  Also some new ‘vintage’ sounds from the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, and as we continue the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, selections from Akira Tana and the Anthony Brown Asian American Orchestra.

Thursday 5.24.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the birthday of Bob Dylan with jazz covers of his songs from Madeleine Peyroux, Ben Sidran, Bobby McFerrin, and Kurt Elling. Plus birthday salutes to soul jazz organist Charles Earland and saxophonist Archie Shepp.

Monday, May 21

Global Village marks the birthday of critically acclaimed guitarist and much-in-demand session player Marc Ribot. We’ll hear music he did with one of several groups he leads, Los Cubanos Postizos, and guest appearances with a wide array of artists, from Tom Waits (with whom he made some of his earliest appearances on record) to Robert Plant & Allison Kraus, Brazil’s Vinicius Cantuaria and Caetano Veloso, Afro-Peruvian star Susana Baca, Colombian rock band Aterciopelados, his brother Greg Ribot and more.

Tuesday, May 22

Global Village marks the birthday of (other) world musician Sun Ra with some pieces he did influenced by styles from other parts of the planet. Plus more for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature including music from Zakir Hussain (with Tabla Beat Science) and Bela Fleck (with Indian slide guitarist V.M. Bhatt and ehru player Jie-Bing Chen) – the two, along with Edgar Meyer will be featured on the next edition of our monthly concert series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, at the end of May.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also feature music of Sun Ra tonight.)

Wednesday, May 23

In conjunction with the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, Global Village highlights music from China. We’ll hear musicians from there, and those who call America and other parts of the world home, and we’ll hear a wide array of sounds, from traditional music, to contemporary styles, along with some cross-cultural collaborations. Among the artists featured are U.S. based musicians and educators Gao Hong (with a new album with Syrian oud player Issam Rafea) and Mei Han (doing a piece inspired by Balkan and klezmer music), Chinese erhu player Guo Gan with Ivorian balafon player Aly Keita, the Shanghai Restoration Project’s reworking of Chinese Jazz Age favorites, Taiwanese group A Moving Sound, and the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, one of the oldest traditional Chinese music groups in the country.

Thursday, May 24

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Bob Dylan in a show devoted to world music artists doing Dylan songs and world music-influenced versions of his work. There’s Dylan tunes by Cuba’s Vocal Sampling, the art-folk Quercus trio (June Tabor, Huw Warren & Iain Bellamy), the Hudson album from Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield, South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Plant, reggae great Toots Hibbert, and more.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebrate Dylan’s birthday tonight.)

Friday, May 25

On this date in 1963, independent nations of Africa formed the Organization of African Unity. This has since been celebrated across Africa and around the world as Africa Day. It is a public holiday in several African countries and Global Village highlights music from them in this special edition of the show. Among the artists featured: Zimbabwe’s Thomas Mapfumo, Zambia’s Brian Chilala, Guinea’s Balla et ses Balladins, Ghana’s Ebo Taylor and C.K. Mann, and from Mali, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.

May 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with music from Harry Manx, Slide to Freedom. Michael Messer’s Mitra and Taj Mahal’s Hula Blues Band.

Plus - some classic tracks for the birthdays of Albert King (5.25) and Junior Parker (5.27); previews of regional blues shows in the coming week; a few more Blues Music Award winners left out of last week’s show; and new music from Marcia Ball, Nick Moss, the Lucky Losers, and previously unreleased music from Jimi Hendrix.

Sunday, May 20

Sunday on Soulsations we'll hear the soulful sounds of American Idol’s Ruben Studdard. He has a new release that pays tribute to legendary singer, songwriter and producer Luther Vandross.

KMUW Music is celebrating Taj Mahal's birthday on Thursday, May 17. Tune in to Global Village and Strange Currency from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music. 

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Crysta Henthorne / Kansas News Service

Westar Wants Kansans To Pay For Peak Power. What Could It Mean For Your Energy Bill?

Perhaps conserving energy is important to you. You’ve switched out all of your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. You keep your thermostat set at 78 in the summer. You might even get mad at your kids when they leave a light on. Your neighbor, on the other hand, isn’t quite as concerned. He keeps the thermostat set consistently at 68 and he hasn’t replaced any of his light bulbs because, in his words, who wants to pay $10 for a new one?

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